LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – University of New Hampshire alpine skier Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) captured individual victory in the men's slalom event, and the women's Nordic team finished first in the women's 10K freestyle race to highlight the Wildcats' performances at the EISA season-opening St. Lawrence Winter Carnival that concluded Saturday. UNH, with 722 points, placed third overall behind the University of Vermont (1,046 points) and Dartmouth College (821).
Atkinson notched his first collegiate victory in a time of 1 minute, 30.67 seconds, picking up 50 of UNH's 117 points, as the Wildcats took second place in the men's SL. Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va., 1:33.01, 37 points) took sixth place, and Taylor Burton (Breckenridge, Colo., 1:33.53, 30 points) rounded out the top SL participants on the men's side.
Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) paced the women's Nordic winning effort with a third-place run (44 points) in the 10K free, while Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah, 33 points) took eighth and three UNH skiers tied for 10th place: Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.); Tasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.). The Wildcats amassed 107 team points to win the event.
The men's Nordic team took fourth place in the 15K free with 79 points, backboned by the 10th-place finish of Harrison Harb (Hopkinton, N.H.), who earned 33 points. Also providing a strong showing for the Wildcats were Andrew Clemence (Falmouth, Maine), who finished 21st, and 23rd-place finisher Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah).
Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) was the top UNH women's alpine skier in the SL, finishing 10th in a time of 1:42.65 for 31 points. The Wildcats finished eighth in the team SL with 61 team points.
The UNH ski team will be in action Jan. 21-22 at the Colby College Winter Carnival, with the alpine events scheduled for Sugarloaf Mountain and the Nordic events slated for Titcomb Mountain. For all the latest news on UNH skiing, visit www.unhwildcats.com.